Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I had a pair of Performance Transit Epic panniers which I thought were very well made. I hated the suspension system and immediately replace it with a very convenient system from Arkel. Everything worked fine. After just a couple of months daily commuting use I had a minor fall, and one of the bolts and washer pulled right through the stiffener which turned out to be pretty flimsy corrugated plastic like they make those post office mail tubs out of. I wrote to Performance, and even though I had modified the panniers, they refunded my money. I purchased an Arkel Utility Basket Pannier and have been very happy with it. If I were going to purchase panniers for serious touring, I would probably go with Arkel or Ortlieb though there are a number of good brands out there. The Arkel stiffener is thick, solid high density plastic that should stand up to anything.
The Arkel suspension system is extremely secure, but comes off in literally about 3 seconds. A retro fit kit is available for $15 plus shipping.
If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!